On the 19th of October, I touched down in the Ukrainian capital for what has come to be known as the country's 'cooler' of its two fashion weeks. The event's organiser, Daria "Dasha" Shapovalova (incidentally not the young lady pictured above who's her good mate) is not only astonishingly young at just 26 years of age but she also happens to be both exceedingly charismatic and beautiful. So I arrived wondering whether the substance of the event (or even the city for that matter) could ever live up to the virtues of its ambassadress…. But, in many ways, it did.
Dasha's office which is located in prime location at a disused space that she and her husband had street artists revamp into a creative hub smack in the middle of the picturesque Pechersk Lavra historical district, an Orthodox monastery of caves and cluster of churches.
Sasha Kanevsky, the local enfant terrible, whose collaboration collection can be bought at the multibrand store Pure
A milliner's installation at the exhibition which was held in the squeaky VIP area of the city's newly completed stadium.
ALL OF THE PHOTOS WHICH FOLLOW are courtesy of the talented London-based Italian photographer who I met there, EMANUELE D'ANGELO, founder of the blog www.LIVINCOOL.com
Daria "Dasha" Shapovalova, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Kiev organiser, Vogue.ru contributor and UkrainianTV fashion broadcaster
Girls at one of thea fter-show parties
Off-duty models everywhere
People watching… so many young people were either super stylish; had a touch of the eccentric; or were simply attractive. I shall return….